Service Delivery Platform
Eucalyptus Provides a Superior Service Delivery Platform
One of the main advantages of using Eucalyptus as the core of a cloud-based IT service delivery platform is that it can streamline many operational procedures so that activities previously requiring months can be completed in minutes instead. When an application is developed and subsequently put into production, the process of provisioning the development and production infrastructures and managing the transition between them can be as or more time consuming as the application coding itself. That's why a modern service delivery platform that saves time and effort is so important.
A fundamental property of Eucalyptus as a cloud computing model for IT is that application users (developers, administrators, etc.) can consider the automated deployment of a virtualized and isolated machine and network environment as part of the application itself. Similarly, if the application infrastructure
footprint needs to expand or contract during its lifetime, Eucalyptus allows its users automatically to add pre-configured virtualized resources to the application or to remove them as needed.
With this kind of service delivery platform, months in the application deployment timeline can be turned into minutes. Eucalyptus also streamlines the technology procurement cycle by agglomerating heterogeneous sets of data center technologies to provide a unifying resource platform. Cloud “elasticity”, the ability for an application to draw dynamically from a resource pool, is enabled by a uniform resource model that can be implemented using a variety of hardware and software infrastructure components.
The greater the degree to which the cloud-based service delivery platform can combine different hardware and software technologies, the greater the elasticity supported by the cloud.